Touch ID Lawsuit

Apple already won the dumb ‘Error 53’ lawsuit

By on June 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Apple already won the dumb ‘Error 53’ lawsuit

Apple is no stranger to being sued over everything, by everybody. But the class-action lawsuit over “Error 53,” which occurred when some customers had their TouchID sensors replaced by unauthorized repair shops, was a standout kind of bad.

Luckily, that lawsuit has been stopped before it got anywhere near a jury. Yesterday, a US district court judge dismissed the entire lawsuit, saying that the plaintiffs “lack standing to pursue injunctive relief,” and could not provide sufficient evidence that they had suffered permanent data loss.

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iPhone OLED Screen

Let’s all just agree the 2017 iPhone will have an OLED screen

By on June 22, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

Let’s all just agree the 2017 iPhone will have an OLED screen

I have to keep checking my calendar, because it’s only June 2016, but we already have a pretty solid idea of what 2017’s iPhone is going to look like. I know Apple leaks have been getting worse year-by-year, but this is just getting silly now.

A(nother) well-sourced report from Nikkei has supply-chain research that shows that Samsung and Sharp are ramping up production of OLED screens, in time to be in devices by 2017. As we (and everyone else on the internet) has pointed out, there’s only one mobile company big enough to need this kind of supply ramp-up.

The name starts with ‘A,’ and ends with ‘pple’s going to make an OLED-screen iPhone next year.’

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Galaxy Note 7 Specs Release Date Price

Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet

By on June 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet

After a report said that Samsung will only have a single Galaxy Note 7 model in stores this year, the dual-edge version, a new rumor from the Netherlands lists the alleged specs of the smartphone, suggesting the phone will be Samsung’s best-specced smartphone yet.
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2016 iPhone 7 Name

Report says there won’t be an iPhone 7 this year

By on June 22, 2016 at 9:17 AM.

Report says there won’t be an iPhone 7 this year

Don’t panic just yet; Apple is still planning to release two new iPhones this year, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch successors to 2015’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. But the company may hold the “iPhone 7” name for next year’s new iPhone series and choose a different name for this year’s models, according to a new report.

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Galaxy Note 7 Edge Renders

Is this Galaxy Note 7 leak good news or bad news?

By on June 22, 2016 at 8:50 AM.

Is this Galaxy Note 7 leak good news or bad news?

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 7 in early August and launch it in several markets later that month. But while some rumors have said the phone will be available in a two distinct versions, one with a flat screen and one with a curved screen, a new report says that there will only one version of the Galaxy Note 7 when it’s unveiled this summer.

At the same time, a new concept video based on these Galaxy Note 7 rumors envisions what the Galaxy Note 7 might look like.

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T-Mobile Binge On Study

T-Mobile’s Binge On is misleading users, study finds

By on June 21, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

T-Mobile’s Binge On is misleading users, study finds

For the past few years, T-Mobile has been making waves with its ‘Un-carrier’ campaign, successfully separating itself from other carriers while shaking up the entire industry in the process.

Quite possibly the biggest Un-carrier move to date was the debut of Binge On, which allows users to stream videos from certain services over their mobile devices, without it counting toward their monthly data allotment.

Unfortunately, despite the appearance of a great offer, Binge On has struggled with bad publicity since its inception, and now a new study from Northeastern University is bringing to light even more issues with the incentive.

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iPhone 8 Rumors

Next year’s iPhone may feature a futuristic design that makes Jony Ive’s dream a reality

Next year’s iPhone may feature a futuristic design that makes Jony Ive’s dream a reality

By on June 21, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Apple’s PR team was hard at work this morning setting expectations for this year’s iPhone refresh. According to a few near-simultaneous reports including this one in The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t feature any major design changes. Instead, they’ll be pretty well aligned with all of the rumors and leaks we’ve seen: the new iPhones will look a lot like the current iPhones, but they’ll ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and they’ll be slimmer. Remember what we said was probably our first look at a real iPhone 7? Well, it was indeed probably our first look at a real iPhone 7.

We covered WSJ’s big iPhone report earlier on Tuesday, but it’s worth diving into it again. Why? Because a couple of lines near the end of the article give us some pretty big hints of what we can expect from Apple’s future iPhones. More →

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack

Confirmed: Apple is making only one, very dumb change to the iPhone this year

By on June 21, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

Confirmed: Apple is making only one, very dumb change to the iPhone this year

Rumors about the iPhone 7 and headphone jacks have been circulating for months, but as we get closer to September, we’re getting a much better idea of what the next iPhone will look like. The latest report comes from CNBC, and it’s not promising any world-changing upgrades — quite the opposite, in fact.

According to simultaneous reports from CNBC, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Apple will only be making “subtle changes” to the iPhone this fall, but the big change that everyone will notice is the removal of the headphone jack.

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Galaxy S8 4K Display Dual Camera

Reports claims Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will feature a 4K display and a (shocker) dual camera

By on June 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Reports claims Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will feature a 4K display and a (shocker) dual camera

We’re still several months away from the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but rumors are already cropping up on what seems like a weekly basis.

Earlier this month, Samsung showed off a 5.5-inch 4K UHD display at a trade show in California, leading some to believe that it would be the display featured on the company’s next flagship smartphone. Now Chinese tech blog NetEase is making a similar claim, providing even more credence to the rumor.

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OnePlus vs. Galaxy S7 edge Speed Test

OnePlus 3 vs. Galaxy S7 edge speed test, round 2: What happens when 6GB of RAM is unleashed?

By on June 21, 2016 at 9:31 AM.

OnePlus 3 vs. Galaxy S7 edge speed test, round 2: What happens when 6GB of RAM is unleashed?

The OnePlus 3 might be one of the best smartphones you can buy without parting with too much cash, but it’s not necessarily the fastest one. Recent real-life speed tests showed that the OnePlus flagship lags behind the Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s even though it has an outrageous amount of RAM. The OnePlus 3 packs 6GB of RAM, compared to 4GB for the Galaxy S7 edge and 2GB for the newest iPhone.

OnePlus addressed the RAM management following these tests, saying that the phone doesn’t keep too many apps in memory to conserve battery life. That said, some intrepid hackers came up with an unofficial “fix” for the issue, prompting a second speed test comparison.

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2017 iPhone Rumors

Upcoming huge iPhone redesign will include the new feature everyone wants

By on June 21, 2016 at 8:29 AM.

Upcoming huge iPhone redesign will include the new feature everyone wants

One recurring iPhone rumor claims that Apple is on the verge of a major shift when it comes to iPhone display quality. The iPhone 7 models will ship with LCD screens, just like all their predecessors. But starting next year at least one new iPhone 7s/8 will have an AMOLED display. That’s the kind of screen mostly found on Samsung’s “iPhone killers,” including the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. In recent years, experts found AMOLED screens to offer a superior experience compared to LCD panels. Even though the most recent LCD displays inside the iPhone and iPad Pro have also been praised in reviews, AMOLED might offer Apple an added edge in the future.

Now, new reports out of Asia indicate that Apple suppliers have already been informed that the OLED iPhone is coming. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors Headphone Jack EarPods

A silly iPhone 7 EarPods rumor that actually makes some sense

By on June 21, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

A silly iPhone 7 EarPods rumor that actually makes some sense

These days, iPhone 7 rumors are a dime a dozen, with some making more sense than others, considering the general pictures most reports have painted for this year’s new iPhone series. A new rumor from Japan suggests that Apple will indeed remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. But the report says Apple will not bundle the new phones with redesigned EarPods that would connect to the device via Bluetooth or Lightning port. Instead, Apple is supposedly shipping new iPhones with 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapters. The rumor might sound silly, but it does make some sense. More →

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